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Jan 9, 16, 23 & 30  Club Championship

This is a four round Swiss System (4R SS) in 2 sections.  Remember, in a Swiss System tournament, players are not eliminated.  One section for USCF members and one section for non-USCF members.  If a section has an odd number of players one player receives a full point bye.  Both sections have a time control of Game in 60 minutes with a 5 second increment (G60+5).  There will be one round a week starting on Jan 9. 

You may request a half point bye in rounds 1, 2 or 3 (not round 4).  Half point bye requests must be made via email by mid-night on the Wednesday before a round begins.

If you miss more than one week, or miss the Wednesday midnight deadline, you will receive a zero point bye.

Rounds will start at 7:00 pm so PLEASE DON’T BE LATE!  If you are going to play and are running late, let me know.  We may start your clock. 

Keeping score is optional for the non-USCF section, If, a player decides to not keep score, claims requiring a complete and reasonably accurate score sheet will be denied.

If there is a tie in either section, we will hold a quick chess tie break (G15 d0).

After the 4-week two section event, the winners of each section will face off in a head to head match to determine the club champion on Feb 6.  Time control G60+5. 

Feb 6 - First Thursday Blitz and Championship Shootout

All but two players in for a club rated G5 Swiss.  We start at 7:00 and run until 9:00 and fit in as many rounds as we can!  Section champions will play a G60 +5 match to determine club champion!

Feb 13 - Team Quick

We pair up into teams of 2.  Form your own team.  Suggest one USCF member and one non-USCF member per team.  This is a club rated G15+3 event in four rounds (if we can fit them in).  Form your own team in advance or we can match you up on that night.  IF we start promptly at 7:00 we should be able to fit in four rounds.

What We Do

The Emmorton Rec.Chess provides an environment where players can improve their game and make some friends.  The Emmorton Rec. Chess Club is open to players of all ages.  We meet most Thursday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Emmorton Rec and Tennis Center.  Please stop by and check us out.

Rated Quick Chess -

About once a month we hold USCF Rated quick chess tournaments.  These are free to our members and typically cost $2 for non members.  If you do not have a USCF membership we often have a non-rated section.  As the cost is low / free, we promise no prizes but often have a small token prize.  Click Here for recent results.

Tournament Trips -

We organize occasional trips to larger tournaments. 

Thematic Nights -

In the past we have had thematic nights for various openings, gong chess, and bughouse. 

Puzzles and Position Analysis -

We occasionally review interesting positions, difficult puzzles, and significant games.  

If you have any questions or want to be added to our email list, contact us at [email protected].

BONUS - 60 Checkmate in 1 problems for free

Recent Events

Quick Link to Ratings List is HERE

Quick Link to the Schedule is HERE


Round 1 of the Club Championship!

There will be some revisions but here is a wall chart.

Here are the results from our Championship Preview from Dec 12 & 19.

The rated section wall chart is on line at the USCF here.

Here is our unrated section.

You can find the games from the rated section here

Black to move, why not … Qxd3

1.   ...       Qxd3
2.   Qh4  and Black has few options (note that 3. Rh8 and Qxd8 threaten #
      ...       Qxf1
3.   Kxf1

White to move, find the best move

1.   Rxf8+     Qxf8
2.   Nxf8       Rxf8
2.   ...             Rxe2
3.   Ne6   (threating Qxg7#)
        ...             Rxe6
4.   Qb8 and checkmate is forced.

White to move,
Find the Best Move

1. Bf5 (all other moves allow Black to promote the c pawn)
1... exf5 (Other moves for Black allow both pawns to promote and therefore which results in a draw.)
2. h4 and stalement on the next move.
Sometimes, the best move is to fight for a draw.

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